BROWNSBURG, Ind. – After spending the last six weeks competing on his home track, Berlin Raceway, Brandon Hermiller hits the road again this weekend. Hermiller and his H.S. Die/VISI-TST Ford Fusion Team are heading to Lucas Oil Raceway for Friday’s Circle City 100 ARCA/CRA Super Series battle on the 0.686-mile oval.
“This weekend offers us another opportunity to show our team’s growing competitive strength,” said the hard-charging 21-year-old Michigan racer. “We’ll be racing there with the guys running the big ARCA Series and hope to continue the momentum we’ve been building over the last month or so.
“We’ve had a nice little break from being out on the road, but we’re ready to get back out there to some of the tracks other than Berlin. Lucas Oil Raceway has become one of my favorite tracks over the last few years and we can’t wait to get down there and get after it on Friday.”
Hermiller had been scheduled to venture to the Milwaukee Mile for the June 8th Howie Lettow Memorial 150 ARCA Midwest Tour race, but pulled the plug on that idea the week before. Instead, Hermiller and his Josh Slade-led team chose to focus on racing at Berlin, their home track, and spending several days testing at home and at Kalamazoo Speedway.
During the last six weeks, Hermiller’s team grew to be among the strongest competing in Berlin Raceway’s Super Late Model division. The former Pro Stock champion and Most Popular Driver at Berlin posted a 2.5 average start and 5.0 average finish during the period. He won a heat race, completed all possible laps and led his first circuits in Super Late Model competition.
“Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Hermiller. “Not going to Milwaukee was one of the smartest things we’ve ever done I feel. I mean I certainly would have loved to have raced on the Milwaukee Mile again, but it was the best moves for our team from the big-picture standpoint. Instead of spending a bunch of our racing budget for the year off having fun in Milwaukee, we opted to stay around home, hunker down and get stronger as a team. I’m confident we have done just that.”
Hermiller had a very solid night last Saturday at Berlin in the most recent ARCA/CRA Super Series race, starting eighth and finishing seventh in the 251-lap Battle of Berlin feature. The red No. 6 Ford was a fixture among the top-10 cars all race long. Hermiller and team used pit strategy to run as high as second late in the race.
“It was definitely a huge confidence builder for our team,” said Hermiller. “We were able to run with the best all night long. There toward the end, we chose to stay out during a caution to get track position. We got up to second, but the fact that we didn’t have fresh tires caught up with us quickly. We wound up falling back to 10th, but were able to rally back to finish seventh. We were coming on strong and I think we could have finished in the top five with another 10 laps.”
Hermiller returns to Lucas Oil Raceway with a record that includes three races in the ARCA/CRA Super Series and two events in JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour action. He says he continues to learn and get stronger each and every visit.
“I really took a liking to the track from the very first time I raced there,” Hermiller said of the July 2012 JEGS race. “We were running fourth and got taken out at the very end. We ran the Super Series there last July, where we started 10th and finished seventh. There were only three cautions during the race, so we didn’t have the opportunity to get our car like it really needed to be at the end.
“When you like a particular track, it’s only natural to come back there with a little more optimistic attitude,” said Hermiller. “That’s the case heading into Friday’s race. Lucas Oil Raceway is such a racy track. You can find a line that might work for you anywhere. You can race low, high, in the middle – or a combination of all three. It’s a fast track and I really enjoy that aspect of racing there, too.”
Hermiller’s No. 6 H.S. Die/VISI-TST Ford Fusion also carries sponsorship from River Hills Lodge, West End Body Shop, T.A.A.G. Tooling and Accessories Group, Stehouwer Frozen Foods and Beaver Research Company during the 2014 season.
The ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS teams are competing in a one-day schedule Friday at LOR. The template bodied Super Late Model teams will join their counterparts within the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards at the famed Lucas Oil Raceway (IN), located west of Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana for an All ARCA double header. The ARCA/CRA Super Series teams will race in the Circle City 100 Presented by JEGS.com before the ARCA Racing Series race under the bright lights and the cameras of Fox Sports 1 in the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 Presented by Federated Car Care.
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For additional information on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and the ARCA/CRA Super Series, please visit the CRA site at http://www.craracing.net/ . For information on Lucas Oil Raceway, please visit http://www.lucasoilraceway.com/.
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